- Find A Provider
- Schedule Appointment
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most diagnosed form of skin cancer, with millions of cases each year in the U.S. It appears on the skin in a variety of sizes and shapes, such as dome-shaped growth with visible blood vessels, shiny patches, brown/black growths, sores, or white/yellow scar-like growths.
Repeated sun exposure is a common cause of BCC, especially on the head, face, neck and hands. However, BCC can develop anywhere on the body. BCC rarely spreads, but early identification and treatment is still important. If left untreated, it can grow deeper and destroy skin tissue.
Everyone can get BCC, but it is more common with:
Exposure to UV rays through sunlight or tanning is the big factor. Prolonged exposure to the sun each day as you age, even driving in your car or sitting near your office window, can increase your risk of developing BCC.
If you’ve been diagnosed with BCC, you’re also at risk for developing other skin cancers, such as melanoma. To prevent skin cancer development: